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Relation Back of Amendments

Relation Back of Amendments

Explore the concept of the relation back of amendments, which allows an amended pleading to “relate back” to the date that the original pleading was filed, which often comes up when an amended pleading is filed after the statute of limitations for a claim has passed.


Now, let’s talk about amending pleadings under Rule 15(c) so that the amendments relate back to the date the original, pre-amendment pleading was filed.

First, we’ll illustrate what “relation back” is and why it matters at all. Next, we’ll talk about the requirements for relation back when all an amendment does is to assert a new claim or defense against an existing party to the case. After that, we’ll talk about the requirements that must be met in order for certain amendments that bring in...